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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Palisade, VW ID. Buzz Beat Kia EV6 in a New York Minute

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The 2022 New York International Auto Show came to a close this past weekend, concluding the return of one of the most important automotive exhibitions in the nation following a two-year, pandemic-precipitated hiatus. That’s a big win for car shoppers and enthusiasts alike, and there were several big winners at the New York show in the way of well-received new and redesigned models. And while auto show accolades are hardly a zero-sum game, typically when someone wins, someone also loses — as you can see in Cars.com’s most popular news article of the week.

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In the first-place finisher on this week’s countdown of most read news stories, Cars.com reviewers on the scene in New York handed down judgements on which models soared and which sank. One of the big successes of the show was the refreshed-for-2023 Hyundai Palisade, which earned unanimous praise from our experts for its newly enlarged 12-inch touchscreen, improved device charging and bold (if slightly over-the-top) exterior updates — namely that front-end-dominating, cheese-graterlike grille.

Another model across-the-board (though controversial) acclaim was the all-new Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van. Reviewers questioned the practicality of this long-gestating reimagining of the nostalgia-steeped T1 Microbus relative to today’s versatile minivans and were characteristically unenthused about its emphasis on touch-sensitive controls versus physical knobs and buttons. But between the pure joy of seeing a modern-day Magic Bus actually materialize and the prospect of plugging a glaring market dearth of large, family-friendly EVs, the ID. Buzz got our editors buzzing.

For our judges’ full commentary on those winning models — and also to find out how the model-year 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, Kia Niro and Telluride, Jeep Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L, Nissan Leaf and Pathfinder Rock Creek, Subaru Outback and VinFast VF8 fared — follow the link below to Cars.com’s No. 1 news story of the week.

Running a distant second place on this week’s countdown, meanwhile, is the 2022 Kia EV6. In the face of the runaway success of our New York auto show Winners and Losers, the EV6 had to swallow its pride and choke on the rinds … but the lack thereof didn’t leave it empty inside. To the contrary, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek was full of favorable things to say in his inside-out critique of the tryna-be Tesla alternative. Bruzek lauded the electric crossover’s aggressive exterior styling, 310-mile driving range, refreshingly tame driving experience, quick sprint to 60 mph, quirky selectable acceleration tones, device-charging capability and starting price just over $42,000 before the $7,500 federal tax credit for which it’s eligible. Stingy headroom for taller occupants and fast-charging limitations stood out among areas of concerns.

“The 2022 Kia EV6 electric crossover is easy to live with and has advantages over its competitors in regard to how it drives and charges, but it comes with some potentially large caveats,” Bruzek concludes in his overall verdict.

For the full review of the 2022 Kia EV6, follow the link below to the No. 2 article on this week’s countdown.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Toyota bZ4X, GMC Hummer EV, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus RZ and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2022 New York Auto Show: Winners and Losers

2. 2022 Kia EV6 Review: Doing It Better Than Most

3. What to Know Before Purchasing an Electric Vehicle: A Buying Guide

4. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for April 2022?

5. 2023 Toyota bZ4X Review: Normal Toyota, Natural Step Into EVs

6. 2023 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Review: Awesome in Nearly Every Way

7. 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Review: Old-School Luxury Lives On

8. How Does Selling to a Dealer Work?

9. All-Electric 2023 Lexus RZ: Overachieving on Space, But Not Range

10. Which Cars Fit 3 Car Seats?

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